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History of Rosenthal

Rosenthal, meaning Rose Valley in German, was named by Robert Frederick Kurrle in 1869, a German immigrant from Wertenburg who purchased the land in 1869 and developed the Rosenthal Winery.

Sunbury's very own Millett Family has a strong history with Rosenthal’s story, beginning in 1918 when Frank & Ernest Millett first purchased the land that is today known as Rosenthal. Between 1964 and 1991, after Tom Millett re-purchased the property, the dairy cattle would cross Vineyard Road every morning and night for milking.

In 2011, the first development of the Rosenthal land commenced with a 10 lot industrial subdivision, behind where the Bunnings store is today. Then in 2013, the residential development of Rosental officially launched.

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Vision and history

1869
Rosenthal, meaning Rose Valley in German, was named by Robert Frederick Kurrle who purchased the land in 1869 and developed the Rosenthal Winery. Vineyard Road was a significant wine-producing area at that time, boasting eight flourishing vineyards along its route. The original Rosenthal Wine cellar still stands today.
1882
Robert Kurrle of Rosenthal Vineyard wins the Australian Award at the Bordeaux Exhibition for his 1879 White Reisling.
1918
Frank & Ernest Millett (long time Sunbury residents) purchased the land today known as Rosenthal, along Vineyard Rd. Here, their families flourished, where dairy cows were hand-milked and crops were sowed and harvested with the help of horses.
1959
Upon Frank & Ernest's passings, Rosenthal was sold to Paynes Properties. The farm was leased back to the Millett Family's fourth generation, Frank's son, Tom and Ernest's son and Vincent who continued to farm with their mothers Delia and Nora, as well as sisters Eileen and Teresa. They were mostly farming dairy, sheep & hay.
1963
Tom Millett re-purchased the property from Paynes Property and has been farming here since.
1991
The last crossing of the dairy cattle across Vineyard Rd occurred. Farming at this point centred on beef & cropping.
2011
The first development of the Rosenthal land commenced with a 10 lot industrial subdivision behind where the Bunnings store is today.
2013
Rosenthal's residential development officially launched.
2014
100th lot sold.
2015
First residents move into the Rosenthal community as well as the opening of Tom's Park. View
2017
Lot sales reach 500.
2018
The long-awaited Elizabeth Drive connection road from Vineyard Rd to Mitchells Lane opened. View
2019
Rosenthal Village Shopping Centre along with Bambini Early Learning Centre & Holy Trinity Primary School opens. View
2019
Second major park, Angela's Park opened. View
2020
800th lot sold (700 to go!).
2020
Nearly 100 years after it was installed by Frank & Ernest Millett in the late 1930's, the old Alston Windmill (made in Gisborne) in stage W12 was today relocated back to the farm by Frank's Son Tom.

Meet the team

The Rosenthal team is hard-working and eager to help you on your home buying and building journey. We are devoted to creating an exceptional community focused on integrity and the delivery of commitment.

Delivering a master-planned community that our team and residents can be proud of is our goal. We aim to do this through the delivering promised key amenity but equally in having made a positive impact on them and the wider Sunbury community.

Paul Millett
General Manager
An experienced professional with over 25 years in the Finance & Marketing industry. Paul has spent the last 10 years in the property development space working on delivering the Sunbury Business Park & Rosenthal Estate. Being Rosenthal born & bred, Paul has an undeniable close connection with the development and the wider Sunbury Community. The Millett family’s connection to Rosenthal goes back over a hundred years where they farmed the land, and now they have the privilege to be apart of establishing a residential community as the next chapter for Rosenthal.
Joe Barbic
Estate Manager
Joe has been working in the Real Estate Industry for over 20 years. Starting as a Licensed Estate Agent since 2000 in the Residential established market and moved across to land sales some 14 years ago. To Joe, Rosenthal’s community feel is like no other. Walking through Rosenthal village and seeing past clients and having a chat, and witnessing the pride the residents take not only in their homes, but the estate in its entirety makes Rosenthal a special place to be.
Catherine Millett
Licensed Estate Agent
A licenced Real Estate Agent with over 20 years experience in off the plan land subdivisions, established homes, and luxury, high-end homes. Being able to assist in bringing a family dream to life and creating a community we can be proud of is what Catherine loves most about her job. Her favourite thing about Rosenthal is that it is a real combination of the recreation, housing diversity and amenities for all its residents to enjoy, plus all the exciting things still to come.
Tom Milinkovic
Development Manager
Having 25 years of experience in the land development industry, Tom spent his early years developing his engineering skills, followed by 16 years in various roles as a Development Manager a nd Acquisitions Manager. Tom is also the founding Director of Urban Design and Management, established in 2010. Planning a new community doesn’t just happen, it takes years of planning, and Tom gets a lot of joy seeing an early vision come to life and creating new communities for families to enjoy.
David Sammut
Development Manager
Holding a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) combined with over 20 years experience in the management and delivery of mixed-use developments, comprising residential and industrial subdivisions, medium density housing and retail, in both the public and private sectors. From David’s perspective, Rosenthal is a project that has “everything within easy reach“ within its boundaries, such as Parks, Childcare, Retail, Eateries, Supermarket, Primary School to name a few. “It isn't every day that you are provided with the unique opportunity to work on a master-planned development that offers so much diversity.”

Community partnerships

At Rosenthal, we are fortunate to be a part of the Sunbury community. Being involved with the wider community we have the privilege to work alongside and support local organisations that make an impact. Our work within the Sunbury community is an integral part of Rosenthal's values.